You may not need an expensive addition to expand your space. Increase your usable square footage with these ideas:

Renovate your basement or attic. Finishing unused areas in your home is the best way to increase livable space and add value. Create a play room, a home theatre, extra bedrooms, or an office, and consider adding a bathroom.
Use common condo elements. Your unit may be small, but you can live large. Hang out by the pool, meet friends in the billiards room, bring your laptop to the lounge, host an event in the party room, or serve dinner in the rooftop garden.

Rethink it. Work underutilized space to your advantage. Would your dining room be more workable as a home office? Use part of your hall closet for extra linens or pantry items. That unused bedroom could be a sizable walk-in closet.
Rearrange furniture. Place furniture to optimize the function and flow of your room. Remove bulky, crowding pieces and invest in low, sleek furnishings for a clean, uncluttered sightline.
Hide it. Avoid clutter and add space with storage solutions for closets, drawers, cupboards, under beds and behind doors. Specialty storage pieces are available for everything from your holiday décor to your iron and ironing board.

Make it look bigger. Create the illusion of space with light paint colours, uniform flooring, ample lighting, and minimal furniture and décor items. Strategically place large mirrors to reflect more space and light.
Go outside. Create distinctive outdoor rooms on your balcony or in your yard. Use weather-resistant furniture, screens, curtains, carpets, lighting and landscaping features to create areas for dining, lounging and entertaining.

Look up. If your ceilings are high enough, build more living space above your head. Create a funky new bedroom, an enchanting play space, a hidden storage area, or an unobtrusive office without major structural changes.

Open up. Older homes can be warrens of tiny rooms and cramped hallways. Remove non-load bearing walls to create a more open, usable space. Your new floor plan will be more airy and inviting.

I am proud to be associated with Royal LePage Canada and this is just one of many reasons:

At the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation we are working to put abuse out of commission by contributing more than $7,240,000 since 1999 to help women and children in shelters across Canada.
Statistics tell us that 50% of Canadian women have experienced abuse and 360,000 children witness domestic violence each year.

Women’s shelters provide a safe haven for those who need it most.
“Royal LePage has been an incredible partner and friend of Interval House. They have supported us financially and they have supported us with their skill, their talent, and their drive. They help us do what we do best, which is care for women and children who are in crisis and in danger of losing their houses and their lives,” - Lesley Ackrill, Executive Manager of Interval House, Toronto, Ontario
There are 150 shelters across Canada supported by their local REALTORS®. These shelters make a lasting difference in the lives of countless families. Funding has helped create art therapy programs for children, build a memorial garden, develop job training programs and cover the costs of food, therapy and much more.
“I have gained a lot from the staff at the shelter such as self worth, and how to let go of a lot of the guilt I have carried for such a long time. Also through the self-defense classes I have come to realize that I do not ever have to be a victim again. I, for once in my life, feel empowered and I cannot ever express what that is worth to me. I felt safe here physically as well as emotionally knowing that while behind these walls, I would not be harmed.” - A resident at Discovery House, Calgary, Alberta
Creating safer homes and safer communities.
If you would like to join our campaign to end violence, donations can be made online at

Here is reprint I received via email from Northern Gateway, hope you enjoy.
- Welcome to the first issue of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines electronic newsletter. This eNewsletter will keep you informed about the project, delivering up-to-date information that matters to you directly to your inbox.We hope you'll take a few moments to catch up on progress made with our public consultation process, our Aboriginal relationships, and other relevant project updates.

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Dean Birks


I have just compiled the MLS data of Sales and Listings for 2008 here in Prince George. This report is for Detached homes within City limits. You will note that Prince George has done alot better than most claim.
Also note that May, June, July data is not available and is not represented in the data.

Click Here for the report.

Also here is an Economic Profile of Prince George ending 2007. Click Here

All the best in the new year!
Dean Birks

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